Vol. 14 Iss. 02

Volume 14 Issue 2 - 01/13/2006

Costa Rica – Behind the Scene

This summer I studied hard. Actually, I took a kind of survival course. The syllabus covered issues such as: how to survive a month living together with about twenty other people, how to survive an encounter with a deadly snake (or three), how to survive writing a 20 page directed research report in 24 hours,… Read more »

Life in Germany: Part 6, Rapid Transit?

Hamburg is a city of about two million people, and everyday its buses, S-Bahns, and U-Bahns move hundreds of thousands of people with great efficiency. Yet, the transit system is not without problems. I first started to question the German reputation for timeliness after my experiences with the number 21 bus. The walk from our… Read more »

Turning the Pages – Mr. and Mrs. Smith

Well, I did very little (for me) reading over the holidays. I only read seven novels that I can think of. Well, actually there were two or three others that I left at my Mom’s, but I didn’t bring them home to write about). Thank goodness I can get right to writing reviews, because I… Read more »

AUSU This Month – Job Posting

AUSU Job Posting – Chief Returning Officer Deadline – January 17th The Athabasca University Students’ Union (AUSU) represents AU students and their interests. The Union strives for a fair and accessible election process for members to the Students’ Council. To this end, AUSU is seeking a student to fulfill the role of Chief Returning Officer… Read more »

The Good Life – Just My Cup of Tea

So the holiday season is over, and the reality of the New Year has landed upon us. The extreme emotions of Christmas, running the whole spectrum from exhilaration and joy to panic and angst, have finally subsided. Now we are faced with the emotional lull of the year’s early months, a time when the snow… Read more »

Lost & Found – Beginning Again

It’s the afternoon of the first day of a brand new year and already a man in Kansas or in Florida has murdered his family in their sleep, or has set fire to himself on the corner of a downtown street. Already the drug dealers are selling heroin outside the Seven-Eleven, and a plane loaded… Read more »

Dear Barb – Avoiding Chemicals

Dear Barb: There is so much talk about the adverse effects of chemicals in our environment. I’d like to be able to eliminate some of these chemicals from my life, but I don’t know how to go about doing that. I have been trying to buy organic food whenever possible. Is there anything else I… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Did You See These

Whether I’m away for a day or two, or a week or more, I never cancel my newspapers. It’s my way of catching up on what I missed during my absence. How much time I can give to the Edmonton Journals and National Posts that piled up during my absence depends on how high the… Read more »

AU at the Olympics

When the Olympics get underway next month in Italy there will be a number of AU students competing. Once such competitor is Sandra Keith(http://www.sports.sympatico.msn.ca/TopStories/Articles/sandrakeith), biathlete and Bachelor of Commerce student, who is currently in Europe undergoing final preparations: How long have you been competing in biathlon? I started cross-country skiing when I was two years… Read more »

Different, But Equal

Driving home from work the other day, I couldn’t help but be caught up in a radio caller’s indignant rant against the idea of an alternative high school diploma. If students go out into the world armed with a trades-oriented certificate, the caller argued, employers will consider it as a “lite” diploma, a poor cousin… Read more »

International News Desk – Space Tourism No Joke

In December 2005, a brand new reality TV show hit the UK airwaves entitled Space Cadets. Hailed as “the biggest prank in television history; the biggest hoax in space,” (Channel 4) the program tricked an entire group of people into believing they were undergoing a bona fide space tourism training program in Russia, followed by… Read more »


AU has launched an exciting new initiative to assist students and more efficiently utilize AU resources. “Electronic letters (e-letters) is a new feature that will enable undergraduate students to view certain letters online – registration, withdrawal, extension, exam, and final grade, to name a few. The process took more than a year, was worked on… Read more »

Scholarships & Awards

Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship Value: $1,000 Application Deadline: May 13 Description: Must be currently enrolled in full-time studies at the undergraduate or graduate level at an accredited four-year college or university. Declared major in accounting or criminal justice, with interest in becoming Certified Fraud Examiners Submit maximum 500 word essay on specified topic. Transcripts and letters… Read more »

Voice Events Listings

To list events in your area, e-mail voice@ausu.org with the word “events” in the subject line. LIFE & TIMES OF THE MOTORCYCLE Now until September 17, 2006 Wetaskiwin, AB – Reynolds-Alberta Museum 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Adults $9; Seniors $7; Child $5; Family $25 under 6 is free – 1-800-661-4726 – ram@gov.ab.ca http://www.reynoldsalbertamuseum.com Visit… Read more »

Conference Connections

HIP HOP ECONOMIC SOCIAL CONFERENCE Jan 5 – 8, 2006 – Atlanta, GA – http://www.tnma.com TNMA conference will have enormous hip-hop celebrities and respected visionaries communicating the importance of establishing a sound financial future. The topics selected are to empower the participants to improve their quality of life. Events include: a celebrity basketball game, celebrity… Read more »

We Love to Hear From You

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Classifieds are free for AU students! Contact voice@ausu.org for more information. AMAZING U.S. SUCCESS STORY LAUNCHING IN CANADA Lucrative part time income. We are creating marketing teams to represent major businesses offering Tier 1 brand name services and products. We are seeking motivated business-minded individuals. No Experience Required – Unlimited Training and Support. Contact Bonnie… Read more »